Winter has its perks. It’s the perfect time to stay indoors, get cosy and spend time with your family. It’s also the perfect time for undesirable foot conditions to sneak in. Here are 5 common winter foot conditions to look out for…
Chilblains is a condition common in people with poor blood circulation. It can also occur when feet come into contact with cold temperatures and quickly transition to warm temperatures. This results in swollen, itchy and red spots on the skin. If not treated, these spots can turn into blisters or ulcers. Avoid itching, this will only aggravate the feet and cause further damage. Rub soothing lotion or witch hazel cream on the feet and wear warm woollen socks to keep the feet warm.
Probably the most common winter foot condition is blisters. Poor quality or poorly fitted shoes can cause blisters on your feet. To avoid blisters in winter, wear fitted boots that aren’t too loose or too tight. Wear 100% cotton or woollen socks that allow your feet to breathe. If you get a blister, try not to fiddle or pop it. Clean the blister with disinfectant and cover it with a bandage or plaster that won’t annoy the skin.
Similar to chilblains, Reynaud’s occurs when the skin is exposed to cold temperatures. Small blood vessels become constricted with limits blood circulation. It occurs with lack of blood and oxygen to the hands or feet and can cause pain, blisters and also change the colour of your skin turning it white, red, blue or purple. Women are more likely than men to get Raynaud’s. If you’re outside and notice your hands turning white, quickly move inside to warm up.
This winter foot condition occurs when your shoes and/or socks are too tight causing your bones and tissue to be pushed against your nerves. This causes pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the feet. This condition can be combated by wearing proper fitted shoes and socks. Remember: your feet get wider as you age. Bear this in mind when picking up winter shoes. If you are concerned about odd sensations in your feet, book an appointment with your podiatrist.
Not overly common in Australia, however this is another common winter foot condition around the world. The condition occurs in people who wear ill fitted winter ski or snowboarding shoes. If you notice your toes turning black or feel a painful pulsing feeling, it may be skier’s toe. See a podiatrist immediately for treatment.
Keep your feet fresh and healthy this winter using some tips from our blogs. If you’re concerned about the condition of your feet over winter, you’re welcome to book an appointment with us. Get in touch here and one of our friendly team members will assist you with your booking.